Presenting problems among treatment-seeking gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth
Article first published online: 9 APR 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Special Issue: Working with Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Clients
Volume 57, Issue 5, pages 615–627, May 2001
How to Cite
Hart, T. A. and Heimberg, R. G. (2001), Presenting problems among treatment-seeking gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth. J. Clin. Psychol., 57: 615–627. doi: 10.1002/jclp.1032
- Issue published online: 9 APR 2001
- Article first published online: 9 APR 2001
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are at risk for a variety of clinical problems amenable to psychotherapeutic intervention. However, many psychotherapists may be unaware of the difficulties faced by this population. The purpose of this article is to familiarize therapists with presenting complaints common to psychotherapy-seeking gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth. Some of these problems include homophobia among family, peers, and authority figures (often expressed at school or at work), depression, suicidality, social anxiety, and body image disturbance. We illustrate these important issues via four case examples. © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Clin Psychol/In Session 57: 615–627, 2001.